By: Adonica Duggan

“Meet the Staff”: Chris Meyer

What’s a quote that motivates you throughout the day?
Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.

Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. A quote from Churchill.

What’s your most memorable NSBR moment?
Every holiday party. Also, having breakfast tacos with Tom Torkelson (IDEA CEO) and John Spain in 2012 in the RGV, and Tom asking multiple times, “Where are you from?” Persistence pays off.

What are your favorite go-to locations to recharge and gain inspiration/motivation?
San Francisco … and any time with the kiddos.

What is the funniest joke you’ve heard recently?
Why did the alligator cross the ocean? To get to the other tide.

What’s some insider knowledge that only people in your line of work have?
Political motivations of individuals and maneuvering.

What’s about to get much better?
Quality of life in Baton Rouge (and hopefully its food scene).

Who would play you in a movie of your life?
Tom Hanks.

What sets NSBR apart?
Our people and convictions/beliefs. We operate according to these ruthlessly.

What bit of trivia do you know that is very interesting but also very useless?
Random facts about the White House.

What really needs to be modernized?
Cell service in downtown Baton Rouge. Also, every mode of transportation in our city, state, country.

What topic could you spend hours talking about?
Politics, LSU and Saints football, all things Louisiana.

What handy tips or tricks have you picked up from your NSBR position?
How to talk to anyone.

What do you do to make the world a better place?
I hope to accomplish this with what I do every day, which is trying to expand access to great schools.

What’s your favorite thing about Baton Rouge?
It’s the cross-section of Louisiana. Everything I love about this state exists here.

What’s the best lesson you’ve learned from a work of fiction?
We’re not alone in this universe.

Chris Meyer, New Schools for Baton Rouge
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